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War declared on beach rubbish

PUBLISHED: 16:32 18 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:40 03 March 2010

OPERATION 'Beachwatch' hope to stage their biggest beach clean yet around the country this weekend in a bid to wage the war on marine litter.

Beachwatch, which is celebrating 10 years, is organised by the Marine Conservation Society which asks thousands of volunteers to visit their chosen beach, dispose of litter on it and record their findings.

OPERATION 'Beachwatch' hope to stage their biggest beach clean yet around the country this weekend in a bid to wage the war on marine litter.

Beachwatch, which is celebrating 10 years, is organised by the Marine Conservation Society which asks thousands of volunteers to visit their chosen beach, dispose of litter on it and record their findings.

Rubbish can affect wildlife, poses a health risk to beach visitors and can harm local economies through ghost fishing and tourism revenue.

The MCS uses the data collected by volunteers in its campaign against marine pollution.

Some of the beaches involved are Felixstowe, Lowestoft and Southwold.

If you would like to help improve your local coastline you can contact the society on 01989 567807 or email beachwatch@mcsuk.org

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